Fun Things to do in Michigan
Looking for fun things to do in Michigan? Michigan is an amazing state and the only one that has two peninsulas. The changing seasons bring different activities and attractions. As the Great Lakes State, Michigan offers one of the longest freshwater coastlines in the world. Michigan also has over 64,000 inland lakes and ponds. It is safe to say that Michigan is one of the leading recreational boating states. Michigan also boasts the largest State Forest System, containing 78 state parks, 19 state recreation areas and 6 state forests.
There are many different attractions available year round. Here is a partial list of activities and things to do in Michigan, including but not limited to historic sites, tours, museums, breweries, wineries, family friendly activities, outdoor activities, and casinos. For a more complete list you can visit http://www.michigan.org/attractions.
Here are some Fun Things to do in Michigan
- A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum: Located in Houghton
- Baraga County Historical Museum: Located in Baraga
- Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast: Located in Big Bay
- Bishop Baraga Shrine: Located between L’Anse and Baraga in the Upper Peninsula, this Shrine is in memory of Bishop Frederick Baraga (1797-1868). The 35 foot, five ton hand wrought brass statue stands majestically amid the surrounding trees. Situated above the cliffs overlooking Keweenaw Bay, visitors find a peaceful spot to pause amid their travels while learning about the heroic life of Baraga. The bishop spent 37 years as a missionary, traveling an expanse of 80,000 square miles through all seasons of the year.
- Calumet Theatre: Located in Calumet.
- Colonial Michilimackinac: Located in Mackinaw City. At this 1770s-era fort and fur trading village, every day is kids’ day.
- Copper Harbor Lighthouse and Tours: Located in Copper Harbor.
- DeYoung Family Zoo: Located in Wallace
- Family Fun Park: Located in Escanaba. Miniature Golf-cascading waterfalls and streams turn ordinary golf into a water adventure. Play for relaxing fun! Bumper Boats-this fast-paced go-kart track is the ultimate driving experience. Major league and softball batting practice in closed-in netted area. Pitching machines challenge your batting ability. Try your skill at getting your ball in the hoop from 18 different bank shot backboards. A challenge for all ages and wheelchair accessible too. Plus, brand new golf driving ranges. Open 12-10 daily, 1-10 Sundays: June through August
- Fort Wilkins Historic State Park: Located in Copper Harbor. Fort Wilkins, a restored mid nineteenth century military outpost and lighthouse museum on the rugged shores of Lake Superior.
- Garden Bay Winery: Located in Cooks.
- Hanka Homestead Museum: Located in Pelkie. This homestead encompasses 40 acres where visitors can experience the family home, barns, hen house, grainery, blacksmith shop, sauna, root cellar and milk house. The farm was occupied for 70 years by the Hanka family, all of whom reached their most productive time in the 1920’s. Open only in warm season, phone number not available during off-season
- Hereford & Hops Steakhouse and Brew Pub: Located in Escanaba.
- Iron County Historical Museum Complex: Located in Caspian. A historical museum with 22 buildings located on a former 1903 iron mine site. Features five outdoor complexes, two art galleries and a cultural center seating 500.
- Iron Mountain Iron Mine: Located in Vulcan. All aboard the underground mine train to tour the Iron Mountain Iron Mine! See close up iron mining techniques and tools used in mining from 1870 to 1945. Skilled guides take you 2,600 feet into the mine and give demonstrations and insight about the long ago mining era. Tours last about 45 minutes. Tours daily from June 1st to October 15th.
- Island Resort and Casino: Located in Harris.
- Keweenaw Adventure Company: Located in Copper Harbor. Sea kayak tours and rentals including guided day trips – Porter’s Island Paddle, Agate Harbor Paddle and Bare Bluff Paddle and overnight tours – Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Water Trail
- Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s Church: Located in Calumet. Currently under development, the center will preserve and interpret the area’s heritage through exhibits and educational programs. Open June, July and August from noon to 4 pm Monday through Friday.
- LostForty ATV Guide Service: Located in Bruce Crossing
- Mackinaw Trail Winery: Located in Manistique.
- Menominee Range Historical Museum: Located in Iron Mountain. 101 turn of the century exhibits including country store, school room, Indian livery stable, Victorian parlor, farming trapper, etc. Listed in state register of historic places.
- Millie Mine Bat Cave: Located in Iron Mountain.
- Northern Sun Winery: Located in Bark River.
- Northwoods Adventures: Located in Iron Mountain. Whitewater rafting tours. Going for a wild ride down the Menominee River is just on of many fun things to do in Michigan.
- Norway Speedway Stock Car Racing: Located in Norway.
- Ojibwa Casino and Resort: Located in Baraga and Marquette.
- Oswald’s Bear Ranch: Located in Newberry. This is a sanctuary for several black bears that visitors can see up close. Everybody can go around the outdoor habitats, fenced- in and situated on a lake in the woods- a perfect place for bears. It’s a large preserve for the orphaned, abused, and last-chance bears in their natural setting. There are usually cubs here too, small enough to touch and take a picture with. Come check it out this summer- it is open daily from late May through September.
- Paddling Michigan: Located in Christmas. Kayaking along the shoreline at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an experience that you will not want to miss if you have the opportunity. This is arguably the most beautiful shoreline in the United States.
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Located in Munising.